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Today everyone has a cell phone, even the poor. This advantage is allowing the public to use Twitter for real-time data information exchange. To date civilians have already been providing support during a variety of crises like wildfires, earthquakes

Today everyone has a cell phone, even the poor. This advantage is allowing the public to use Twitter for real-time data information exchange. To date civilians have already been providing support during a variety of crises like wildfires, earthquakes

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Everyone has a cell phone today, even the poor. But the poor do not have smart phones. Here's where Unicef's RapidPro makes an entrance. RapidPro is a free platform helping NGOs create sms apps that are saving lives. Currently an app that will soon b

Everyone has a cell phone today, even the poor. But the poor do not have smart phones. Here's where Unicef's RapidPro makes an entrance. RapidPro is a free platform helping NGOs create sms apps that are saving lives. Currently an app that will soon b

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Tina commented on 3 Non Negotiables When Dealing With Ebola

Good morning Meresa! Thanks for your additional observations. Your points are valid and well taken. Not sure if you are aware but #SMS text messaging and #radio is being used to help reach remote areas with life saving tips regarding #Ebola prevention, treatment and containment (thereby mitigating exposure danger). Regarding bleach, my experience is that if one is not careful, bleach can compromise your immune system and as you know a weakened immune system makes you more susceptible to illnesses. Caution should be applied when using bleach and the immune system of health workers handling bleach must be checked regularly. Today this can be done with pulse oximeters that provide readings via cell phones. With much respect, Tina Cornely.

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Tina commented on RapidPro to the #Ebola Rescue!

I too am looking forward to our global community coming together for the greater good of humanity and #LowTech stands to play a huge role in today's #FightAgainstEbola.

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Tina commented on RapidPro to the #Ebola Rescue!

Agreed Yaowen! You would be amazed at the many benefits cell phones provide and in particular non smart phones. In Mexico the #GatesFoundation joined efforts with the #CarlosSlimFoundation so they could create an #sms platform to alert farmers of drastic weather forecasts and/or how to address plant pestilence problems. The #MAMA group is saving lives with important sms text message to expecting mothers. And sms viper style image driven apps are helping illiterate people use their cell phones for conducting business and facilitating selling their wares. And yes, cell phones are even being used to help the poor open bank accounts. I for one am very proud that finally low technology is not being left out of the equation and is being used to give the poor a fighting chance. As I like to say, No One Left Behind.